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Play About Raising Special Needs Child to Open at ACT

On Jan. 31, the first production of Seattle’s newest theater, Thalia’s Umbrella, will hit the stage at ACT. Their mission is to produce plays that dance on the line between comedy and tragedy, and this first one falls right into that category.

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is a black comedy about two parents raising a disabled daughter. Written by celebrated British playwright Peter Nichols, the play has been heralded by London’s National Theatre as one of the most significant plays of the 20th century. TIME called it “a startling comedy of anguish.”

Thalia’s Umbrella Producing Artistic Director Terry Edward Moore, who is also in the show, knows firsthand about the experience; he is the dad of a special-needs child. Because of Moore’s admiration for parents in similar situations, there will be two after-show discussions, each led by an expert with special-needs experience:

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg plays in ACT’s Bullitt Cabaret space and runs through Feb. 17. The show is recommended for older teens and adults only. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit